Blurt: San Diego Music News

You need a crowbar to break into the music business

“Imagine rehearsing your song and seeing Paul McCartney dancing to it.” Nathan East, who scored Grammy Record of the Year gold for his work on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” calls the Reader from “somewhere on ...

Belly Up Unincorporated

Most clubs that host national acts rely on one of the “big three” concert companies — AEG, Live Nation/House of Blues, Nederlander — to route headliners to their stages. The Belly Up Tavern has never ...

Jingle business

Butterfinger. With that one word, Rafter Roberts has answered the Reader’s question: Which Super Bowl XLVIII television commercial did he write and produce the soundtrack for? The vaguely naughty Butterfinger ad (it winks at the ...

This Week in San Diego Jazz, February 12–16

Busy week for Gilbert Castellanos

Wednesday 12 Mark Dresser performs solo at the Conrad Prebys Music Center. (UCSD). Dresser only does this once a year, and last year’s show was off the charts. 7 p.m. $ 15.50 Gilbert Castellanos presents ...

Meet Cherries Jubilee, Zachary Deak, Broken Stems, and more

Newest bands added to the Local Music Database

The Reader’s Local Music Database now has over 3,700 individual band pages, covering performers from the 1950s through today. Most pages also include custom-created band histories, membership rosters then and now, discographies, MP3s, videos, links ...

Pop fell away from the heart

Asked how San Diego treats his now-L.A.–based band Xiu Xiu, singer Jamie Stewart tells the Reader via email: “It has been mixed. There have been shows that were totally sold out and the people were ...

God’s sense of humor

“I know that, when with Fleetwood Mac, we played San Diego back in the late ’60s, but I don’t remember much about it, except it was in a large hall of some kind,” says Jeremy ...

Record-release roundup

Schitzophonics have a record-release party set for February 8 at the Casbah, on a bill that includes Neighbors to the North, Amerikan Bear, and Gloomsday. “It’s a three-song seven-inch that Munster Records is putting out,” ...

International influx of sound

Anything but a newcomer to electronic music, Aaron Hastings (aka Arkon) has hosted local late nights such as Ajna After Hours, Bordello Breaks, Trance Mission, and — starting in 2007 — began working alongside Gage ...

This week in the Jazz clubs, February 4–8

Han Bennink, Charles McPherson, and more

Tuesday 4 Dutch drummer Han Bennink is joined by Mary Oliver on violin, Mark Dresser on bass, and Michael Dessen on trombone at UCSD’s Loft. Fresh off a hit at L.A.’s Blue Whale, this band ...

Local band ch-ch-changes: Flaggs, Entre-P, Get Groovin’, more

New this week in the Local Music Database

With over 3,700 band pages in the Reader’s Local Music Database, we’re constantly chronicling updates and changes, from albums dropping or in progress to current video releases, breakups and reunions, plus new and departing members. ...